Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Zoning out an elephant in Sri Lanka
Sick children, well children, healthy adults, sick adults, newborns, the terminally ill, the dying, healthy dogs, dying dogs, a horse or two, even a rabbit. In my years as a Master Reiki practitioner, I have treated all of these and more. I was a bit taken aback on a recent trip to Sri Lanka when, by accident, I had the opportunity to do my hands-on energy work with a somewhat larger beast. The Sri Lankan government supports an elephant orphanage at Pinnawala. It is well worth a visit and, when you go, be sure to arrive early in the morning when the animals are fed. As we walked to the feeding grounds, a mahout asked if I wanted a photo op with his elephant. Sure. Why not? But rather than just standing there, I thought I might try a bit of Reiki on this rather large critter. I placed my hand just behind her eye and let the energy flow between us. After about a minute, the elephant stopped swinging her trunk. After about two, her eye started to close. After about three, she was off in another space. Magical. The problem in doing Reiki on animals is that, if they are standing, they will sometimes lean heavily into you and then lie down. After about four minutes, the elephant started to lean… “Uh-oh. Time to end the treatment.” The mahout was not happy when I gave him back a zoned out elephant, but I was ecstatic with my unforgettable memory. Pinnawala – worth a detour, definitely worth a detour.
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